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Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe – A comforting classic chicken and rice soup recipe that is ultra creamy and rich with parmesan cheese and our gluten-free secret ingredient.

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

A Chicken Soup For You

Chicken soups are among my favorite comfort food recipes.

There are an infinite number of scrumptious versions, with noodles and tortillas and tortellini and dumplings… And SO MANY different varieties to enjoy. Whatever mood you are in, or taste you are craving, there’s a chicken soup for you.

Loaded with a classic combination of onions, celery, and carrots, and including hearty rice, chicken and rice soups are particularly comforting dishes any time of year. They are a complete meal in a bowl, and often incredibly easy to make!

Our take on a traditional chicken rice soup is this Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice Soup recipe that has a wonderfully satisfying texture and robust flavor.

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(Healthy) Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice Soup

Many creamy chicken and rice soups call for heavy cream or artificial cream-of-something fillers. But our healthier, and in my opinion, far more delicious version uses simple parmesan cheese and “secret ingredient” cornstarch to get that perfectly rich soup we all love.

This gluten-free recipe manages to achieve that dreamy, savory soup that you want but with an extra kick of slightly salty and cheesy flavor from the parmesan.

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What Ingredients You Need

You’ll love the classic flavors of our soup, made lighter but still incredibly rich by swapping traditional heavy cream with parmesan cheese and cornstarch.

Plus, did I mention that all of the ingredients are gluten-free?!

Here’s what you need:

  • Butterpreferably unsalted
  • Sweet onionpeeled and chopped
  • Carrotschopped
  • Celerychopped
  • Garlicminced
  • Fresh thyme leavesor substitute with 1 tsp dried thyme
  • Bay leaf
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighsor breasts
  • Chicken brothor water + 10 tsp chicken bouillon
  • Dried long-grain rice
  • Parmesan cheesegrated
  • Cornstarch
  • Parsleychopped
  • Salt and pepper
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How to Make Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

All of the ingredients for this soup are easily cooked together in just one heavy soup pot. And you don’t even need to cut up the chicken or cook the rice beforehand!

  1. First, place a large 6-8 quart pot over medium heat. Add the butter and melt. Then add in the chopped onions, carrots, celery, and minced garlic. Sauté for a few minutes to soften.
  2. Add in the fresh or dried thyme, bay leaf, whole chicken thighs, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and stir in the dried rice.
  3. Cover and reduce the heat, and simmer for several minutes. Use tongs to remove the chicken thighs to a large bowl or cutting board, and using two forks carefully shred the cooked chicken into bite-size pieces.
  4. Continue to gently simmer the soup uncovered while you shred the chicken.
  5. Next, in a small bowl mix together the grated parmesan cheese with the cornstarch. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue stirring as you add the parmesan and cornstarch mixture into the soup.
  6. Simmer and stir for another few minutes until the soup is thick and creamy.
  7. Give the soup a taste and salt and pepper as needed. Lastly, remove the bay leaf and stir in the fresh parsley before serving warm.
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What To Serve The Soup With?

My family loves to enjoy this creamy Chicken and Rice Soup with crusty bread, like our Easy Garlic Bread recipe, and a fresh salad for a completely satisfying meal.

For healthy and gluten-free side dishes, try a simple Oven Roasted Broccoli or Sautéed Mushrooms to add even more veggies to your dinner table.

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Want to Make An Even Healthier Version?

If you want a lighter classic chicken soup, just skip the parmesan cheese and cornstarch. It won’t be as creamy, but the soup will still have great texture and flavor thanks to the rice and veggies.

You can even swap the butter with olive oil, for a dairy-free version.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can This Chicken and Rice Soup Be Made Ahead? Does It Do Well As A Leftover?

Soups with starchy ingredients (like pasta or rice) do make good leftovers if stored in the fridge and eaten within the next 24-48 hours.

However, the rice will continue to absorb the broth and make the mixture more of a thick stew rather than a creamy soup. You can add additional broth to loosen the soup when rewarming.

Should You Cook The Rice Before Adding It In?

Adding in uncooked rice (or dry rice) gives the grains extra flavor as it cooks in the pot and absorbs some of the broth.

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Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Rice Soup – A comforting classic chicken and rice soup recipe that is made ultra creamy and rich with parmesan cheese and our gluten-free secret ingredient.
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place a large 6-8 quart pot over medium heat. Add the butter. Once melted add in the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, stirring to soften.
  • Add in the thyme, bay leaf, chicken thighs, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir in the dried rice.
  • Cover and simmer for 12 minutes. Then use tongs to remove the chicken thighs. Use two forks to shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Continue to simmer the soup uncovered, while you shred the chicken.
  • Mix the grated parmesan cheese with the cornstarch. Stir the chicken back into the soup. Continue stirring as you add the parmesan mixture into the soup. Simmer another 2-4 minutes to thicken the soup base.
  • Taste. Then salt and pepper as needed. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the fresh parsley. Serve warm.

Notes

This recipe is gluten free as-is. It can also be dairy-free if you remove the parmesan cheese and swap the butter for olive oil.
Soups with starchy ingredients (like pasta or rice) do make good leftovers if eaten within the next 24-48 hours. However, the rice/pasta will continue to absorb the broth and make the mixture more of a thick stew. You can add additional broth to loosen the soup when rewarming.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups, Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 1298mg, Potassium: 541mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3101IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 148mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main, Soup
Cuisine: American

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12 comments on “Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup”

  1. Awesome and easy to make soup.  Highly recommended 

  2. Do you use both chicken broth and 10 tsp of chicken bouillon, and is it powered bouillon?

    • Deb, the recipe says to use 10 cups of broth OR water and 10 teaspoons of chicken bouillon. If you use water, that would be 10 cups of water and 10 teaspoons of powdered bouillon. Hope this clarifies it for you.

  3. I think I just found my new favorite soup! DELICIOUS!

  4. This soup was so delicious and comforting. Chicken and parmesan just go so well together. Will be making this again!

  5. Nice technique to have in my arsenal.  Italian inspired similar to the old trick of throwing in a Parmesan rind to all number of things.  I threw in a lime leave or two at the beginning and grated nutmeg at the end.  Will make this again.

  6. Served this on a rainy day recently, it was SO GOOD!

  7. We are loving all of the comfort foods right now! Soup is top on our list! The flavors of this soup is so delicious!

  8. Wonderful, easy recipe that the whole family loved! 

  9. I really love how creamy and comforting this is! Such a huge hit!

  10. This takes the family favorite dish to a whole new level and is just such an amazing dish!